You sought feedback about your 'new-look comics and puzzle pages' in today's newspaper and I must initially declare that I have no interest in the puzzle section and shall refrain from comment. However, the comics are a different matter....
The Comic Strip remains the medium that transcends all demographics: it is enjoyed by both sexes, young and old, rich and poor, and has a world-wide history now over 100 years old. How wonderful it remains a daily staple of our Courier-Mail reading habit!
How sad, then, that the total number of comic strips have decreased from ten to eight. On the positive, I must applaud the increase in the number of Australian strips (from two to three), although I personally feel both "Ginger Meggs" and "Snake" are tired and dated (with no disrespect to their creators). I am disappointed too, that two of the strips axed ("Beyond the Black Stump" and "Swamp") were both created here in Queensland. Surely this goes against the grain of your recent promotional push that the "Courier-Mail is All for Queensland"??
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.
Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
Comicoz acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay respects to elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all First Nations peoples.
Australian Publications since 1976:
1 x Poster
19 x comics (one a co-production with Cyclone Comics in 1988/9, one a co-production with Cowtown Comics in 2022)
2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books